September 13, 2023

Salmon Fishing Holidays in the Scottish Borders

The River Tweed is one of the premier Salmon Rivers and each year thousands of anglers flock to it from all over the world in the hope of catching an elusive Atlantic Salmon.


The river produces the highest annual catch of Salmon in Scotland with over 6,000 Salmon caught each season. Conservation remains at the forefront of all anglers’ thoughts and as a result over 90% of fish caught are released to continue with their migration to the spawning beds in the upper reaches of the river.

The Old Melrose Fishings are situated in the middle stretches of the River Tweed in a secluded and peaceful meander carved out by the river just 1 mile downstream from Melrose. The beat lies in a wooded gorge that keeps it almost completely hidden from the outside world. Stunning trees and amazing wildlife make this a perfect spot for people who want to fish in a stunning location whilst surrounded by nature.

The Old Melrose Beat is 1 ½ miles long on the right bank of the river and provides more than enough fishing for a whole day with eight named pools. There is a fishing hut and toilet and a ghillie / guide can be provided. For more information and availability of fishing at Old Melrose please contact the Estate Office.

The four holiday cottages on the Old Melrose Estate offer an ideal place for anyone wishing to stay on the banks of the River Tweed and indulge in a spot of fishing. We have many couples coming to visit us each year who chose to stay in our secluded dog friendly cottages whilst fishing either at Old Melrose or on one of the neighbouring stretches of the River. Guests seem to prefer to spend two or three days fishing and then the rest of the week exploring the Scottish Borders. The more adventurous head into Edinburgh for a day of culture or visit the Nothumberland Coast for a refreshing day of sea air whilst walking along empty beaches and exploring Holy Island and the Farne Isles. Others just stay local preferring to relax, unwind and explore one of our local towns such as Melrose, Kelso or Jedburgh. Walking is a favourite activity either along the woodland and riverside paths on the Estate or heading off further afield. The majority of local footpaths can be accessed from the Estate meaning you can walk for miles across the Scottish Borders from the doorstep of your holiday Cottage without needing to get in your car.

Visitors wanting to book some accommodation and fishing whilst staying in the Tweed Valley should look at our website ( or try and which both offer fishing in the area. Most beats will have a ghillie to look after you and show you where to fish but if you are inexperienced or learning then there are plenty of guides around who can arrange fishing and give you a lesson at the same time. Try Finlay Wilson at